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Newcastle Bereft Of Attacking Quality In 0-0 Draw Against Norwich


Newcastle came out in their customary 3-4-2-1 with Allan Saint-Maximin in front of Matt Ritchie on the left and Miguel Almiron in front of DeAndre Yedlin on the right.

It was a very open affair in the first half, with a few decent chances for both sides. Tim Krul made an outstanding save on a Joelinton header in the 21st minute on a terrific cross by DeAndre Yedlin. Though the American had a difficult time putting in quality deliveries despite having a lot of space down the right.

In the 29th minute, Teemu Pukki was sent straight through on Martin Dubravka, but Federico Fernandez flew in to block the Finn’s shot.

In the 33rd minute, Newcastle suffered quite a scare as Allan Saint-Maximin went down from a harsh tackle by Alexander Tettey. Allan walked gingerly to the sideline but was able to continue.

Allan was brought down again in the 44th minute, this time by Liam Cantwell, who received a yellow card.


Both teams came out unchanged for the second half. It didn’t take Steve Bruce long to make his first change bringing on Valentino Lazaro for his Newcastle debut in the 52nd minute for Yedlin, who had a miserable afternoon. Just four minutes later, Sean Longstaff came on for Isaac Hayden.

Pukki had another clear cut chance in the 61st minute as Norwich went on a break after a Newcastle corner. Lukas Rupp found the striker down the left flank who sent his shot over the goal.

Steve Bruce brought Danny Rose on for his debut in the 78th minute for Allan Saint-Maximin, who played well but was hacked down a few times by Norwich. Matt Ritchie pushed up into Saint-Maximin’s position as Rose went to left wing-back.

Newcastle won three consecutive corners in the 84th minute, but Norwich handled all of them quite easily.

The only team that looked like scoring to close the game was the visitors as they pushed for a win while Newcastle held on.

It was another disappointing display and result at St James Park as Newcastle only manage a 0-0 draw against last-placed Norwich.


84 comments so far

  • #cans ( formerly known as Mindshaft )

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #1

    We need a change of tactics – no striker and especially not Linton is going to create and score chances from the edge of our own box

    1
  • Bambams

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Ginola was there today, I am sure he has done all his coaching badges….

    I will stop now

    5
  • Jamaal Dubravka

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Utter, utter shite today. And there’s only one man to blame, we have the players for a good team but starting 5 at the back against the worst defence in the league and sitting back hoping to scrape a draw, whilst said bottom team get 12 bloody corners is awful managing.

    26
  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #4

    so many fools keep saying we need a striker. what’s the point of a striker?! we create f*k all and our attacking wingers pick up the ball usually just outside our own penalty box. what can a striker do?!

    we can have brazilian ronaldo in his prime and he too would be on 1 goal.
    the tactics is the problem. not joelinton.

    16
  • jane

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #5

    our unbeaten run up to 7 matches.

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #6

    BBC:

    17:54
    FULL-TIME
    Newcastle 0-0 Norwich

    Not great.

    2
  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #7

    bambams

    Ginola would have us playing football for sure. did we have a shot on target today. it’s so so predictable and really painful to watch

    3
  • West Lancs Geordie

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #8

    To be fair to Linton he’s not a loan striker and to plays him isolated up top has got to be down to the clueless manager. We had no other striker on the bench. The whole thing is a bloody farce. There have been a lot of talk about NUFC being a circus but that’s a load of rot as a circus is entertaining and so are the clowns in it. Only Bournemouth won of the teams below us.

    7
  • toon kk

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Good point, can’t complain we played to our capability with the players we have.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Still he must have known that Carroll, Gayle and Muto will be fit for next week. Ha Ha,!!!!!!!

    0
  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #11

    like as if we sign a world class striker and suddenly players like Ritchie and the lot are going to play great football with pass and move? LOL

    we don’t need a striker. we need a freaking change in tactics and set up.

    9
  • Toon Tang

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #12

    The thing is as well though, a lot of our defending isn’t controlled defending in like an old school Arsenal sense. Its real throw bodies at the ball, last ditched panic stations with huge saves from dubz thrown in. So the thing were supposed to be good at we don’t even do very well.

    I don’t know what to do with this team I really don’t.

    4
  • TomaKaThor

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #13

    5 at the back has got to go, but unfortunately I don’t think we can risk changing it until the summer, when even then I doubt Bruce and his coaches are good enough to get us playing the way we should be with 4 at the back

    1
  • the ledge

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Get ready for the jib and Jane show .

    3
  • the ledge

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #15

    I count 3 so far !

    3
  • Jamaal Dubravka

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Its the tactics not the team lol. Its Bruce and his pre historic dinosaur tactics which is why we constantly play awful. Every game we have won we have won due to sheer luck.

    6
  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17

    a sweeper is fine if he starts attacks and brings the ball out but none of our back 3 CBs do.
    Has to ditch it and play Matty L as a second / link striker. seems to be the only one who knows where the net is.

    0
  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Had it feeling it would be 0-0. We’re missing key attacking players and an aggressive midfielders. Just a mid table boring team. Good keeper and defence with a poor midfield and attack.

    0
  • the ledge

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Wait until the rafa Influence wears off and we are full on Bruce mode I feel sick already

    8
  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #20
  • Moonraker15

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Jane
    Pi$$ off

    13
  • Zele

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #22

    We have the players but not the tactics.

    Not only do we not dominate midfield we hardly compete.

    Do we really need three central defenders when playing at home ?

    It would be better to have three in midfield pushing up ASM and / or Miggy further upfield to support Joelinton who currently gets little support.

    Yet again Dubravka saved the day.

    4
  • jane

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #23

    🙂

    2
  • coming home

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Toon kk ;a good point,,,,you got to be kidding me

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  • Mag :P

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Didn’t deserve anything out of that game.

    Its not rocket science that sitting this deep at home is going to stifle our attacks when our only real threats are ASM and Almiron. They’re too deep to affect the game how we need them too.

    I swear I’m gonna be the happiest man alive when I don’t see us lining up with 5 at the back.

    So negative against the worst team in the league! It’s a joke.

    10
  • Unused Substitute

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #26

    We should be proud. What a great head coach we have in Bruce. He got us into the top half of EPL table virtually without any goal from his front three and to within 10 points of safety.

    3
  • Mag :P

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Also, Dubravka is easily our player of the season.

    Not even close at this point.

    2
  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #28

    We need both, but a proper ST in these tactics would make a world of difference, pretty much critical to them working.

    Even having Gayle fully fit for that 30 mins before he got injured showed that.

    I cannot stand this opinion which absolves the ST of any responsibility for making chances and being involved in creating be it directly on the ball for others or by moving into the right places at the right times to get a chance, initiate a player on the ball to provide.

    Even the ones he does get he misses.

    Brazilian Ronaldo would be on 1 goal? Inane.

    1
  • toon22

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Since we obviously arnt getting sold its just as well the footballs electric atm

    😉

    15
  • Moonraker15

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #30

    West Lancs
    I wish Joelinton was a “loan” striker! Then we could give him back!

    4
  • Unused Substitute

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #31

    … And whoever not on Bruce’s side is a traitor.

    1
  • jane

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #32

    believe me if we didn’t play 5 at the back we would lose. like Norwich do usually.

    0
  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Crazy league we are in 6 points from either relegation or uefa spot and sitting precariously in tenth would you believe ha ha playing hopeless football to survive a draw at home against the bottom of the table. Thanks for small mercies are due. 🙂

    4
  • geordiemark

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #34

    well with that result i am not looking forward to tuesday thats for sure

    0
  • JDdubai

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #35

    BACK 4 Ffs. Or at least a 343 with tactics and fluidity, not that there is anything in Bruce’s Past to suggest he can train a team to do that.

    5
  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #36

    so lady luck was there again, thank her. Shame on you all Ashley defenders, out now! …tactics? Bruce…f no!

    5
  • crawfordm

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #37

    The “Big Heed ” Bruce stated the club brought in 3 players who allow us to change our tactics and retain possession more ! Hoof ball with less possession than the lowest team in the league. If Ashley remains then “Heed” remains – utter rubbish !!!

    8
  • c-dog

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Poor Joelinton
    Literally offers nothing

    1
  • The Wife

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Repost (missed the bus!)

    Interesting stat from the broadcasters today: Dubravka has had to make more saves than any other PL goalie this season.

    Newcastle did not deserve a point today, imo.

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  • c-dog

    Feb 1, 2020 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Excellent effort however
    Players once again giving it all for the gaffer
    9 more points

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